2019 has been my best year of reading so far in 31 years. Partially owing to an 8 week absence from work that saw me hit my highest monthly round ups EVER – see here, here aaaand here!
I’m please to discover that not only did I smash my GoodReads challenge at 127 of 100 books, I also -purely by accident- balanced the scales at 52% books written by women.
As for genre, I had a total fantasy binge at the beginning of the year thanks to encouragement from the likes of Circe, The Bone Season, The Poppy War and a growing obsession with fairytale re-tellings such as Uprooted, To Kill A Kingdom and more.
Horror remains my top tier as always with Flame Tree Press publisher leading the charge. Thriller almost keeping up and Dystopian falling back due to an influx of similar story lines and too many actual scares in real world current events. I’ve categorised Sci-Fi with Fantasy for the chart below.
You may remember my Series To Finish 2019- Sign Up & TBR early in 2019, where I pledged to read 34 titles. This included both King’s The Dark Tower, and Harry Potter accounting for 14 of the books and one of my New Year Resolutions 2019 ; to re-read.
Welp, aside from a nostalgic re-read of Goosebumps at Halloween, I completely failed that resolution. Do You Re-read Books?, Once again my aim to revisit Harry Potter and Roland Deschain follows me into the New Year! I did however, complete 7 of the 10 unfinished series I pledged- without beginning the 5 owned.
Speaking of owned- my TBR begins this year in much the same position in 2019; currently over 340 unread, owned titles BUT my spending has decreased thanks to further time investment in Netgalley and a little bookish networking.
But never mind these stats, you came here to see what I read didn’t you?
I’ll be back later this month with a top reads and favourite authors post but for now, here are some of the titles I picked up in 2019 according to GoodReads…
See any you liked?
15 thoughts on “2019 Reading Wrap-Up!”
absolutely LOVED Legendary! Looks like you had a really successful reading year and best of luck in 2020!
Such an incredible mix of books and some really interesting ones. I adored to kill a kingdom and Circe is on my list of books to read this year.
So many of these are on my TBR but I absolutely loved The Bear and the Nightingale (probably one of my favourite trilogies!) and My Sister, the Serial Killer! Excited to hear your thoughts on them!
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